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Get Your Own Scary Robot Dog – Just $75K

Boston Dynamics Robot Dog

You can now buy one of those unnerving animal-like robots you might have seen on YouTube — so long as you don’t plan to use it to harm or intimidate anyone. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb stairs and open doors. But people who buy them online must agree not to arm them or intentionally use them as weapons, among other conditions. “Spot is an amazing robot, but is not certified safe for in-home use or intended for use near children or others who … Read more

FOR READERS: Pets in Print

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FOR READERS Today’s reader topic comes from QSFer Kelly Haworth: Readers, do you like pets in your stories? Got a favorite fluffer or cuddly kitteh that made the plot of a book that much more entertaining? Writers: This is a reader chat – you are welcome to join it, but please do not reference your own works directly. Thanks! Join the chat

Announcement: Man’s Best Friend, by CB Lewis

Man's Best Friend

QSFer CB Lewis has a new paranormal book out: Sam Eastman lives a lonely existence in the mountains of Colorado, working as a ranger and taking care of holiday cabins during the winter. He gets a new dog from the animal shelter and is shocked to find out he has accidentally adopted a shape-shifter. Philip, a young Englishman, was on holiday and got a bit carried away on a night out. Sam agrees to help him get back to his friends, but a landslide cuts them off, stranding them in Sam’s cabin together. They end up getting closer than either … Read more